Nikko Lafre- Geechi’s Story: Explosions
We premiered this crazy record from rising Minnesota artists Nikko Lafre last weekend. The production from his affiliate, K. Beatz, needs to be mentioned as it creates the overall operatic feel of the record. With a constant humming melody of “oohs” in the background, K. Beatz incorporates drum rolls and a chopped up hook to create a haunting beat. All the while, Nikko details an equally haunting story about his Uncle, nicknamed “Geechi.” Listen to the drug-dealing tale above.
Rome Fortune- The Night Feat. Childish Major
Rome Fortune was generous this past week, delivering two new cuts for download. In addition to “The Night” he let go one with Four Tet, “Lights Low.” Starting off with his go-to ad-lib (“I said…”) Rome varies up his flow from bar to bar, bringing his vocals up and down. Childish Major, who is responsible for producing the typically minimal instrumental, is also responsible for the singing on the hook, surprisingly enough.
King Chip- Lazy And Lucrative (Prod. By Blended Babies)
Chip Tha Rip got back to it with the release of “Lazy And Lucrative”, and the title describes the track perfectly. Over lazy, guitar-strumming production from the Blended Babies, Chip raps about the pros of being lazy (yet still being able to make money). Among his lazy endeavors: smoking blunts, using a Segway, fucking, sitting on the couch, and generally doing nothing. You get the idea.
Amir Obe- Drugs & Cam’ron
After an extremely long wait, Amir Obe finally blessed fans with his new mixtape Detrooklyn at the beginning of the week. One of the leaks we received before the tape dropped was “Drugs & Cam’ron” (and what better combo is there?). The hazy and reverbing record has the perfect vibes for you and a lady friend to smoke too, as Amir references Killa Cam with his hook, “come smoke with a killa” (which appropriately enough incorporates some Cam ad-libs too).
Sulaiman- Fam & The Foolies Feat. Chance The Rapper
We made Treated Crew’s Sulaiman’s introduction this past week, thanks to his new release The Mogs. The Mogs kicks off with this particular record featuring fellow Chi-town native, Chance The Rapper, who handles the sing-song hook and a verse. It’s got a real chill vibe, as Sulaiman does a sort of word association in his rhymes, which proves pretty unique. While it’s true Chance kind of takes over the record because he’s all over the hook plus a verse, it’s still enough to peak your interest in this Sulaiman character. So go ‘head, get interested.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
After going on a brief break over the 4th of July weekend, we're back this week giving you five looks that deserve a second look. Among them, Rome Fortune teamed up with Childish Major for a low-key ode to night time fun, Nikko Lafre gets on his story-telling tip, King Chip is lazy, and more.
Click through the galleries above and let us know your favorite from the past week.